Dentist for Kids


Posted on : 02-Nov-2017 | By : helper | In : Health, Management

You’ve probably wondered if it was just you. But doesn’t it really seem like on an appointment with the dentist for kids, the appointment doesn’t last very long at all? Well, if it seems that way, it should probably come as a relief to know that it isn’t just you.

Studies (chiefly, one for the UCLA) are beginning to find that dentists, pediatricians and other doctors for kids these days are routinely keeping their appointments with their patients down to 7 or 8 min. tops. The survey in question wasn’t a small one either. They looked at thousands of appointments that dentists and doctors had with children younger than two years.

The funny thing is, that parents don’t generally seem to notice anything amiss. They don’t seem to look back on how things were when they were children. In general, parents feel that things are pretty okay with the way their children’s dentist visits go. So according to these studies, what exactly did the dentists choose to drop from their patient appointments to wrap things up quickly?

The number one thing that doctors choose to drop is any question asked about how a child is behaving. Now this has to be serious. An experienced doctor can discover a lot about a child with a little insight into how the child behaves at home or in school. It’s at this stage that problems like ADHD or poor habits that can later put a child on the path to diabetes, happen to show up. The pediatrician happens to be the crucial first line of defense against all manner of physical and psychological problems in a child. When that line of defense is gone, a child could easily live unnoticed with a problem until things get out of hand.

And of course, rushed visits with a dentist for kids don’t happen as much when you’re rich and you have good insurance and dental office to choose from. In general, it’s people with public insurance who have to put up with just any kind of dental care at all they get for their family. They have to, because public insurance happens to pay more for children’s appointments when the child in question requires a lot of care.

If anything, there are actually more people going on public insurance today than ever before – what with all the unemployment. Are we setting ourselves up for an explosion in chronic oral health problems 10 years down the line today?

Of course, these kinds of things are difficult to fix. Parents could get some say back by actually bringing up the subject of their children’s behavior themselves when they go to the kids dentist.


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